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Paudevin, John (1677-88)

Paudevin, John, Pall Mall, London, upholder (1677–88). Upholder to Charles II and James II. Of French extraction and his surname is variously spelt Bodovine, Potvin, Popevine, Podvine, Potevine, Poictevine and Vaudvine by English clerks and officials. On 22 December 1677 supplied a sleeping chair for the Queen's Bedchamber ‘neately carved and the irons all gilt’ for which £6 was charged. It has been suggested that the sleeping chairs at Ham House, Surrey were also by Paudevin in view of the close connection with the Royal court and government of the 1st Earl of Lauderdale. Very substantial commissions were given to Paudevin by his Royal patrons in the 1680s for beds, chairs of estate, turkey work chairs, Barbary and Portugal mats and curtains. The King's residences at Whitehall, Windsor and Newmarket all received new furnishings. The total for furnishings from this maker for the year 1677 came to £785 19s 9d, in 1678 to £1,371 8s 1d, in 1679 to £557 13s 1d, in 1680 to £487 5s 3d, in 1681 to £206 6s, in 1682 to £847 19s 2d and by the year 1686–87 had reached £2,461 12s.

In addition to supplying furniture for sale Paudevin also hired fine furnishings when special requirements arose. A crimson damask bed, bedding and six caned chairs were provided for six months for the lodgings of the ambassador of Savoy, and for this £36 was paid. He was also employed in 1687 for the funeral of the Duchess of Modena, and submitted a bill for £303 6s for this service. For the year 1681–82 a ‘Nicholas Baudovin’ upholsterer is recorded in the Royal accounts engaged to finish ‘a bed of crimson velvet begun by the Aforesaid John Poctovin’. The rich furnishings provided for the Crown set the style to be followed by those in Court circles who employed the same craftsmen when available. It is thus not surprising to find Paudevin's name connected with commissions for the nobility. In 1688 he supplied the 1st Duke of Hamilton for Hamilton Palace, Scotland with a crimson mohair bed and suites of chairs and seating furniture which cost in excess of £326. He is also recorded in connection with furnishings at Petworth House, Sussex and Boughton House, Northants. [PRO, LC2/12, LC5/41, LC9/121–22, 275–76; Conn., vol. 93, pp. 225–26; vol. 127, p. 84; Rosalind K. Marshall, The Days of Duchess Anne, 1973, pp. 156–57; Apollo, May 1977, p. 360; Furn. Hist., 1978]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.